Funky Monkey

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Magician (Clothbound Edition) (Voyager Classics) by Raymond E. Feist
5.0 out of 5 stars Still magic, 15 Jun 2014
From first reading it 20 years ago Magician instantly became my favourite book and during the numerous times I've revisited it over the years it has lots none its, well, magic.

A superb story coupled with brilliant characterisation and a feel good ending to have you grinning from ear to ear.

I was dubious of the revised edition as I feared a 'Star Wars special edition' treatment with unnecessary additions which detract rather than improve but it really is a better book for it.

My nephew recently to read the saga (not with this book, this is mine alone) and I couldn't help but feel envy knowing how good it felt to take my first steps into Midkemia (and… Read more
Ab III ~ Alter Bridge
Ab III ~ Alter Bridge
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant!, 4 Jan 2012
Another late review, as with the first two albums I bought AB's latest offering upon release (and later AB III.5) with high expectations. These days it's rare you can say an album exceeds your expectations but AB III did just that; this is nothing short of sublime.
From the deliciously creepy, then explosive opening of Slip To The Void and the heavy drive of Isolation through to the soaring Breathe Again and Life Must Go On before drawing to a close with the remarkable Words Darker Than Their Wings, this is the best album you'll hear for a long time; there's not a bad track on it.
Kennedy has never sounded better (that scream at the end of Breathe Again is electrifying!), the… Read more
Blackbird ~ Alter Bridge
Blackbird ~ Alter Bridge
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many days remain!, 4 Jan 2012
Again I'm late in reviewing this album even though I bought it when it was first released. And what an album it is! Heavier and darker than One Day Remains but no less enjoyable. Tremonti remains as kinetic and brilliant as always but is now augmented by Kennedy on rhythm and occasionally co-lead (the outro lead on the title track is Kennedy in an ode to a dead friend).
The riff work has a much harder edge to it this time, if it weren't for their commitment to keeping melody the driving force some people would no doubt call this metal. What it is though is heavy rock of the highest order; it may not be the happiest of lyrics, but the hooks and rhythms more than make up for that… Read more

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